#5 Collected Reading : May 22nd 2011

Quote of the week

“The Third World today faces Europe like a colossal mass whose project should be to try to resolve the problems to which Europe has not been able to find the answers. – Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earch.”

1.BITTER PILLS : The real cost of healthcare

“In American medicine, supply often creates its own demand, and paying doctors on a fee-for-service basis encourages more high-cost procedures. The I.P.A.B., in conjunction with other cost-cutting provisions in the bill, would look to fix the skewed incentives that lead to overtreatment, bargain for better prices, and insure that we’re spending our money more effectively.”

Health, Policy, Politics

Source :  The New Yorker

2. Interview: Wim Crouwel at the Design Museum 

“I hope they will always remember me as straight forward designer, still trying to find some tension in the work, work that is recognizable “

Design, Typography, Clear

Source :  www.dezeen.com


3. The Illusion Of Social Networks

 “Surely, the benefits of participation are well-documented, but there are costs, too. While information is being channeled through these social networks, the fact remains the same illusions created by television have mutated into a stronger strain within social media. While more interesting information gets to us faster, the downside is that the new channels—and, we are all the channels—sometimes unknowingly create “little white illusions” that, over time, compound into something that may or may not reflect real life.” 

Social, Networks, Culture

Source :  Techcrunch

4. Faulty Towers: The Crisis in Higher Education

“What we have in academia, in other words, is a microcosm of the American economy as a whole: a self-enriching aristocracy, a swelling and increasingly immiserated proletariat, and a shrinking middle class. The same devil’s bargain stabilizes the system: the middle, or at least the upper middle, the tenured professoriate, is allowed to retain its prerogatives—its comfortable compensation packages, its workplace autonomy and its job security—in return for acquiescing to the exploitation of the bottom by the top, and indirectly, the betrayal of the future of the entire enterprise..”

Education, Politics, Dialogue

Source : The Nation

5. There’s Only One Way Gas Prices Will Really Fall

“The scenarios differ, but there’s one common thread: When demand for oil falls, prices fall. The one proven way to push down the price of oil and gas is simply to use less of it.”

Oil, Consumption, Society

Source :  Business Insider

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– Kaushik

#4 Collected Reading : May 15th 2011

1.BOOTED : What really ails Italy?

“This is true of every area of Italian life, sports included. In 1985, Verona won the so-called scudetto, the national soccer championship. It is the only year in the past four decades that the competition has been won by a small provincial team. It was also the year that the league decided to select referees by lot rather than designation.”

Italy, Politics,Culture

Source :  The New Yorker

2. The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved : by Hunter S. Thompson

“I shook my head and said nothing; just stared at him for a moment, trying to look grim. “There’s going to be trouble,” I said. “My assignment is to take pictures of the riot.”

Excess, USA, 1970

Source :  RalphSteadman.com


3. Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?

 “You put Lloyd Blankfein in pound-me-in-the-ass prison for one six-month term, and all this bullshit would stop, all over Wall Street,” says a former congressional aide. “That’s all it would take. Just once..” 

Greed, Money, Law

Source :  Rollingstone

4. Britain’s intellectuals: leading thinkers have their say

 “The economic—and other—benefits of regulations

“Richard Feynman said a “physicist commenting on anything but physics is as dumb as the next guy” and there is something to be said for that. Often, scientists feel they should remain within their area of expertise. But then many people from other disciplines are perfectly happy to offer their opinions on everything. It is incumbent on scientists to step up and be as vocal..”

Thinking, Public, Dialogue

Source : The Guardian

5. London river walks

“A personal tour of London’s many river views.”

London, Public, Everyday

Source :  Flickr

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– Kaushik

#3 Collected Reading : May 8th 2011

1.Sherlock Holmes & the science Fiction of Deductions

“Like a science fiction writer, Doyle seemed to start with the premise of “what if?” Instead of a detective who arrived at the answers through intuition or moxy, Doyle asserted a different premise with the Holmes stories — what if the detective discovers the answers scientifically? What kind of adventures might he have? Looked at from this semantic angle, the original canon of Sherlock Holmes almost passes for science fiction.”

Deduction, Scifi,Mystery

Source :  Clarks World Magazine

2. Honeybees ‘entomb’ hives to protect against pesticides, say scientists

“Honeybees ‘entomb’ hives to protect against pesticides, say scientists Honeybees are taking emergency measures to protect their hives from pesticides,  in an extraordinary example of the natural world adapting swiftly to our depredations,  according to a prominent bee expert.”

Environment, Society, Bees

Source :  The Guardian


3. The secret life of libraries

 The libraries’ most powerful asset is the conversation they provide – between books and readers, between children and parents, between individuals and the collective world. Take them away and those voices turn inwards or vanish. Turns out that libraries have nothing at all to do with silence.” 

Social, Learning, Society

Source :  The Guardian

4. The economic—and other—benefits of regulations

 “The economic—and other—benefits of regulations

A series of studies over the past several decades 
find that the value of the benefits of regulations has 
consistently and significantly exceeded their costs. 
Also, the cost estimates typically made by the government and 
industry representatives have tended to be significantly overstated. 
When regulations are implemented they tend to be much less 
costly and more efficient than expected.”

Teaching, Design, Leadership, Digital

Source : Economic Policy Institute

5. Boyd Tonkin: A bookish boom in Buenos Aires

“Argentina’s capital boasts at least 350 bookshops, apparently more than in the whole of Brazil.”

Books, Culture, Global

Source :  The Independant

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#2 Collected Reading : May 1st 2011

1.Prodigal Sun

“Solar energy was a rising star in the ’70s — until it was banished by the powers that be. Are we ready for its return.”

Sustainable, Technology,USA

Source :  Motherjones

2. Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%

“Everyone possesses self-interest in a narrow sense: I want what’s good for me right now! Self-interest “properly understood” is different. It means appreciating that paying attention to everyone else’s self-interest—in other words, the common welfare—is in fact a precondition for one’s own ultimate well-being.”

Economy, Life, USA

Source :  Vanity Fair


3. American Murder Mystery

 “People were moved too quickly, without any planning, and without any thought about where they would live, and how it would affect the families or the places,” complains James Rosenbaum, the author of the original Gautreaux study. 

Housing, Urban, Race

Source :  The Atlantic

4. John Maeda Mulls RISD’s Backlash Against His Cyber-Style Leadership

 I realize that what I thought could work in the digital era doesn’t have the same impact locally as it does globally. People don’t want more messages; they want more interactions.

Teaching, Design, Leadership, Digital

Source :  Fast Company Digital

5. Streetlife – Performing politics in the square

How does urban geography effect the way societies develop? What have streets given to politics?

Urban, Culture, Global

Source :  BBC : Thinking Allowed

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#1 Collected Reading : April 24th 2011

This is the first in a series of collected readings. The best of what I read and see for a given week.

1.The Sharing Economy

“She asked the crowd what percentage of time the average person uses his car. “Across the U.S., Canada, and Western Europe, it’s 8%,” she said. “Which means that over 90% of the time, this thing that costs us a lot of money is just sitting around.”

Collaboration, Technology, SF

Source :  Fastcompany

2. Jemima Kiss: How I kicked my digital habit

“The more we connect, the more our thoughts lean outward”

Technology, Life, London

Source :  The Guardian


3. Maurice Glasman: my Blue Labour vision can defeat the coalition

 “To bring together previously separated political matter in the pursuit of the common good.”

Politics, Labour, London

Source :  The Guardian

4. Let’s work together.

 The Mill Co. Project and the collaborative work ethic

Collaboration, Work, London, Interdisciplinary

Source :  Eye Magazine Blog

5. A brief history of Minimalism

 “It was through one Brian Eno that the principles and practices behind minimalism would properly, and most lastingly, permeate the pop mainstream.”

Collaboration, Music, Interdisciplinary, Media

Source :  Fact

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– Kaushik